so i have been planning to take a gap year and to start uni in 2021 for a while now, i didn’t apply to any unis this year because i knew with my predicted grades no uni that i would like to go to will give me an offer so i decided i will just apply next year with my A Level grades. now that everything has happened and it has been decided that no A Level exams will be taken this summer it has meant that i will have to take the calculated grades they give me, which i won’t be taking as i already know i will be able to do much better than what they think... so i will be taking the exams in October. with all the covid business happening and everything being online for some time now it means that people want to defer their entries and go to uni in 2021 rather than this year, therefore meaning getting into uni next year will probably be the hardest year. so i am very scared and don’t know what to do. i can’t decide whether to apply for clearing now and scratch all my plans of doing a gap year just so i don’t risk not getting into uni in 2021 or just keep revising and get the best grades i can to apply for uni. i really don’t want to go to uni this year though as i am nowhere near prepared for it but i also don’t want to have to wait till 2022 to start... i’m so lost
Personally, I would apply for 2021 entry and see what happens- if you don't get in the places you want, you can always try again. There's no real "risk" involved in this, except for you UCAS fee- it won't be held against you by anyone. And if you do get in, then you'll be sorted.
You have nothing to lose by applying this year. You can always take a year out after your first year at Uni when things have cal,med down corona wise but at least you will have a place secured. Good luck and have faith.